‘Doctor Who’ Spin-Off ‘Class’ Aims for a Younger Audience

Doctor Who Peter Capaldi Jenna Coleman
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman star in ‘Doctor Who’ (Photo Credit: Adrian Rogers; Steve Brown; Lee Binding © BBC/BBC WORLDWIDE 2014)

If you believe there can never be too much of Doctor Who, BBC Three just made your day. A Doctor Who spin-off titled Class has just been announced, with young adult book author Patrick Ness tapped to write the eight episode season. Ness, Steven Moffat, and Brian Minchin are executive producing, and filming is expected to take place Wales, with the series set to air in 2016.

Ness has written nine books including six bestselling young adult novels. A two-time Carnegie Medal winner, Ness recently adapted his book A Monster Calls for the screen.

“No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who,” said executive producer Moffat. “This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”

“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” commented Ness, discussing his first TV series. “There’s so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels.”

The Plot:

Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenaline of the best YA fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before.

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